The Tiger Lillies - Seven Deadly Sins
Label: Misery Guts Music
By: Omniphiliac
Oct 07 08
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The absurdly unique and demented musical act The Tiger Lillies have released their 21st album that will amaze and thrill their fans, new and old alike. "Seven Deadly Sins" is a torrid series of vignettes following a man through life and death. Your guides, Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout, and Adrian Huge, tour you through the descent of the horrible atrocities man faces in life. Inspired by
Hieronymous Bosch's triptych of The Last Judgment,
The Tiger Lillies use their great skill of poetic horror to inform, delight, entertain and frighten you.

The Tiger Lillies use their great skill of poetic horror to inform, delight, entertain and frighten you.




Best described as Brechtian Punk Cabaret, The Tiger Lillies utilize a variety of instruments authentic to opera, cabaret and vaudeville. While the accordion and ukulele are a centerpiece to their work, you will also hear everything from the eerie sound of a musical saw to the uplifting and childish kazoo. Even though their story telling has an air of old time vaudeville, The Tiger Lillies add a necessary pinch of eloquent vulgarity that punches you into consciousness.

The Tiger Lillies add a necessary pinch of eloquent vulgarity that punches you into consciousness.

It is no wonder that this same musical act brought upon a rendition of Shockheaded Peter, a collection of children’s tales which warn boys and girls of the dreadful agony they would be met with if they misbehave. A rendition for which The Tiger Lillies received an Olivier Award. Each song has a different styling than the other, “Gluttony” will make you cringe and giggle, “Baby's Dead (Sloth)” is a fun ragtime affair and “Down to Hell” somberly sways along the piano as you hear the dreadful tortures that await.



For each sin, The Tiger Lillies have offered us a tale, but wait there's more! Included in this delectable album are songs that, while not directly related to the seven deadly sins, are connected with life and death. For example, “Adam & Steve” starts out the record with just how these sins were created.



The first deadly sin we are informed about is “Gluttony”, and this song will make you want to take up anorexia as a hobby due to its added "instruments." You see, while Martyn explains a mans obsession with eating there are prolonged sounds of eating and smacking of the lips making it hilarious and entertaining. However, my friends, his tale does not stop at eating but follows through the intestinal tract to see what will "emanate from his anal lips." Because of the incessant chomping and flatulent sound effects this is the most absurd and disgusting of all tracks, making it one of my favorites.



For the delightful sin of “Lust”, The Tiger Lillies offers us a medley that could only be repeated if a 70 year old sexually cantankerous Peggy Lee who had her 3rd bottle of gin and 5th pack of cigarettes sang about her current obsession. "You want to open wide every object of desire, only when your lust's fulfilled will you put out the fire."

"You want to open wide every object of desire, only when your lust's fulfilled will you put out the fire."




The Tiger Lillies leave us with “Know What it Means” as the end of the album and the end of life. Now that we're here, do we "know what it means"? The Tiger Lillies do, and let me tell you, it's not pretty.



Listening to their musical stylings is only half of the experience. As brilliant performers, The Tiger Lillies will also leave you in complete awe with their stage presence. Martyn's facial expressions matched with his castrati vocal stylings and the bands cabaret appearance makes seeing their live shows all the worth while.



CANADIAN AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES


• 27 October, 2008: Usine C, Montreal, Canada
• 28 October 2008: Usine C, Montreal, Canada
• 30 October 2008: Theatre Junction Grand, Calgary, Canada
• 31 October, 2008: Theatre Junction Grand, Calgary, Canada
• 01 November, 2008: Theatre Junction Grand, Calgary, Canada
• 03 November, 2008: The Swedish American Hall, San Francisco, US
• 05 November, 2008: Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Oregon, US
• 05 November, 2008: Safari Sam’s, Los Angeles, US
• 09 November, 2008: Highland Ballroom, New York, US
• 10 November, 2008: Highland Ballroom, New York, US





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